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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 29, 2011 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: bkidwell, Playin...

Almost every 72 Playin is great, and I don't have a lot of detailed comparative notes. LIA has already posted my my personal favorite 72 Playin, which is 11/15/72.

10/18/72 is definitely up there, for the setlist/structure if nothing else! Pretty much all of the fall Playins are amazing, so the DP choices from September are definitely great versions. 11/18 is probably the "most intense" Playin of all time, but it is maybe a bit TOO extreme - I think I saw someone speculate that Phil was actually angry onstage and expressing it in the music, which kind of sounds right to me.

It's hard for me to make much comparative rating of 72 Playins, both because they are consistently excellent, and because the musical approach to the improvisation was usually fairly similar - you hear a lot of the same Jerry riffs and intervals, and Phil rhythms, in every version.

Some Playins that are very interesting and important are the earliest "breakthrough" versions we have recorded, which are from the Academy of Music run in March. Here is the first "big jam" Playin, and it is pretty wonderful despite how early it was in the evolution.

Every show of this run is interesting, and I think they were really "getting off" from the new, jammed out version of Playin, because it seems to get more intense and exploratory at every show. A lot of the sources available are pretty mediocre audience recordings though, but the final night of the run is Dick's Picks 30, and the jam here is quite a bit more extended and powerful than the version at the start of the run. There is an aud, but it isn't really of "enjoyable listening" quality.

Since the famous Veneta Playin was already mentioned, I'll offer a link to a less famous show just a few days before that also has a great Playin, 8/24/72:

As much as I love Playin in 72, I prefer the more open-ended versions from 73 and 74, even though they don't have as much of the pure, focused intensity.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jul 30, 2011 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: bkidwell, Playin...

thanks bkidwell